What does your mother language mean to you?

In 1999, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated each year on 21 February. Of course, we couldn't
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In 1999, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated each year on 21 February. Of course, we couldn’t let this date go by without marking the occasion on our Northern Sotho and isiZulu Living Dictionaries. This year, we asked people from a variety of mother tongues to let us know what their native language means to them, and this is what they had to say. It is the most beautiful treasure in my life, because it defines who I am. The way Northern Sotho sounds when I speak is out of this world and unique, ‘wa kwešiša’ (do you understand). The Living Dictionary is benefiting this language because in our country, prior to democracy, it was maginalised and its growth is very slow. Most of the dialects of the Northern Sotho Language are not incorporated in the standardised language and therefore, are facing extinction. The Living Dictionary is their silent voice. —Matlakala Kganyago,. . .

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News source: Linguistics – OUPblog

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